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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Judges 2:6-23

The beginning of this paragraph is only a repetition of what account we had before of the people's good character during the government of Joshua, and of his death and burial (Josh. 24:29, 30), which comes in here again only to make way for the following account, which this chapter gives, of their degeneracy and apostasy. The angel had foretold that the Canaanites and their idols would be a snare to Israel; now the historian undertakes to show that they were so, and, that this may appear the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Judges 2:7

And the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the Lord that he did for Israel. In Egypt, at the Red sea, in the wilderness, at the river Jordan, and in the land of Canaan; See Gill on Joshua 24:31 . The Jews F1 Schulchan Aruch, par. 1. c. 580. sect. 2. say, the elders died on the fifth of Shebet, which answers to part of January and part of February, on which account a fast was kept on... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Judges 2:7

If Joshua was about 80 at the entrance into Canaan, 30 years would bring us to the close of his life. The “elders” would be all that were old enough to take part in the wars of Canaan Judges 3:1-2; and therefore, reckoning from the age of 20 to 70, a period of about 50 years may be assigned from the entrance into Canaan to the death of the elders, or 20 years after the death of Joshua.The great works of the Lord - The overthrow of the Canaanite nations. read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Judges 2:1-10

Results of Israel’s failure (2:1-10)In bringing Israel into Canaan, God was faithful to his covenant promises. The Israelites, however, were not faithful to theirs. Therefore, just as Israel was once God’s instrument to punish the Canaanites, so now the Canaanites would be God’s instrument to punish Israel (2:1-5). After the death of Joshua and the godly leaders whom he had trained, the Israelites turned away from God. In so doing they brought Israel into an extended period of suffering and... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Judges 2:7

who. Some codices, with two early printed editions, Syriac, and Vulgate, read "and who". works = work. read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Judges 2:6-9

Judges 2:6-9. And when Joshua had let the people go— This is an important passage, and by some interpreters misunderstood; they have fancied, that in it the historian continues the relation of what had happened since the death of Joshua: upon this foundation, Houbigant conceives that there is a transposition; and accordingly he begins this chapter with Judges 2:6-10, following them with Judges 2:1-5, and then goes on with Judges 2:11; an alteration, for which, says Mr. Chais, there appears no... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Judges 2:6-10

1. Review of Joshua’s era 2:6-10This paragraph is almost identical to the one in Joshua 24:28-31. Its purpose is to resume the history of Israel at this point, where the Book of Joshua ended, and to contrast the era of Joshua with the era of the judges (cf. 2 Chronicles 36:22-23 and Ezra 1:1-3). The key issue was whom the Israelites "served" (or "worshiped" NRSV). The Hebrew verb so translated (’abad) forms an envelope structure around this passage (Judges 2:7; Judges 3:6), as well as appearing... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Judges 2:1-23

Prologue to the Story of the Judges1-5. The moral of the preceding notices, delivered by an angel at Bochim.1. An angel of the lord] RV ’the angel.’ Cp. Judges 6:11, Judges 6:22; Judges 13:3, Judges 13:21, where it is plain (from Judges 6:14, Judges 6:16; Judges 13:22) that the angel is thought of as God Himself (see on Judges 6:14). The word translated ’angel,’ however, means simply ’messenger’: cp. Judges 6:8.Gilgal] the site of the first Hebrew camp after the crossing of the Jordan (Joshua... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Judges 2:7

(7) All the days of Joshua.—Compare the whole passage (Judges 2:6-10) with Joshua 24:28-33, which is almost verbally identical with it. It is usually supposed that Joshua was about eighty at the time of the conquest of Canaan, because that was the age of his comrade Caleb (Joshua 14:7); if so, he had lived thirty years after the conquest. The gradual tendency to deteriorate after the removal of a good ruler is but too common (Acts 20:29; Philippians 2:12).The great works of the Lord.—The... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - Judges 2:1-23

Judges 2:4 There are few of us that are not rather ashamed of our sins and follies as we look out on the blessed morning sunlight, which comes to us like a bright-winged angel beckoning us to quit the old path of vanity that stretches its dreary length behind us. George Eliot, Mr. Gilfil's Love-Story. Reference. II. 4, 5. Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. xxviii. No. 1680. Judges 2:10 'Our case,' said Luther once, 'will go on, so long as its living advocates, Melanchthon and friars and learned men, who... read more

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